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Sept. 20, 2004

New nickel designs unveiled

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
This is not original reporting. All information has been compiled from The Washington Post.

The U.S. Mint revealed two new nickel designs to be minted in 2005 as part of the Westward Journey Nickel Series started earlier this year.

The designs have similar fronts and show a bolder and more distinguished profile of Thomas Jefferson gazing into the distance. "Liberty" is written in script beside Jefferson's deep chin, and the phrase "In God We Trust" circles the perimeter of the coin.

The back of the first nickel, which is expected to be issued early next year, depicts an American bison on a grassy patch, which commemorates the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The back of the second nickel, which is to be issued late summer 2005, shows the Pacific coastline and a few trees. The famous words of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805 are written beside it: "Ocean in view! O! The joy!"

Two nickels have already been released in March and August of this year and depict the Peace Medal and Keelboat, respectively as part of the Westward Journey Nickel Series.

An older design, minted between 1913 and 1938, had an Indian head on one side of the nickel and a buffalo on the other. In 1938, the nickel design was changed into Jefferson's home, Monticello, on the "tails" side. Monticello will return to the nickel in 2006.



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  • Peter on September 21, 2004
    From the US Mint release. I thought this was worth mentioning:

    Artist Joe Fitzgerald of Silver Spring, Maryland, designed two of the new images – the obverse of Thomas Jefferson with the word “Liberty” written in Jefferson’s own hand and the “Ocean in view! O! The joy!” reverse image for the second nickel of 2005. The quote, “Ocian [sic] in view! O! The joy!” is from William Clark’s journal and referred to the ecstatic moment at which the expedition felt its quest to reach the Pacific Ocean had been fulfille
  • Jeffrey Lautenberger on September 23, 2004
    just a comment - did anyone notice jefferson is looking to the right on the design, implying east, but he looked to the west for the lousiana purchase? seems like a dumb detail, but it makes sense.
  • Alvino Noreski (View Email) on October 31, 2007 at 7:37 PM
    Why can't the coins all have the same inscriptions and save the cost and childish waste of money with all the different slogans and sculpturing. When will America return to the values of the early fathers of this great country and become prudent and morally clean again. Can't the leaders see where we are heading in world affairs and the great debt we are leaving to our decendents? Yes in God we do Trust, it's the politicians we don't. Please, can't we find, as Lot was asked to do, "one righteous man?"
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